In Uganda gorilla tracking activity is carried out in only two national parks in south western Uganda namely; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park (Uganda’s portion of the Virunga Massif). Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an excellent option for those looking for a remarkable wildlife encounter, there approximately 480 mountain gorillas in Uganda and the world’s population is 880 mountain gorillas, the parks named above are the only parks where you can trek mountain gorillas in Uganda. Given the diversity of wildlife, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has an excellent opportunity for birding safaris.
Before trekking mountain gorilla, all travelers attend a simple briefing about the rules and regulations while with the mountain gorillas. These rules are put to ensure the safety of gorillas and trekkers in the jungle. These rules and regulation were put by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to protect the endangered mountain gorillas and travelers from the possibility of disease transmission from human to gorilla hence gorilla conservation.
Rules and regulations
- Maintenance of a distance of 7 meters between the tourist and the gorillas.
- A maximum of eight tourists can visit a group of habituated gorillas in a day.
- When you approach the gorillas, the guide will inform you when to get your cameras ready – No flash photography is allowed in the presence of mountain gorillas.
- Eating, drinking and smoking while you are near the Mountain Gorillas are not permitted.
- Tourists with cough or flu will not be allowed to track mountain gorillas because we share almost the same DNA.
- Littering in the park is not permitted. Everything you bring into the park should be carried out with you or your potter.
- After a successful gorilla trek you are advised to keep you voice low until you are 200 meters away from the gorillas.
When you follow the rules and regulations, you will have a remarkable gorilla safari encounter. Kindly contact Gorilla Tracking Africa for all your unforgettable gorilla and wildlife safaris in Uganda and Rwanda.